Another week full of excitement at HCS this week as we welcomed a new group of students from Japan for a two week study tour.
The 12 students and 2 staff are from Ushiku High School and it’s the second time we have hosted visitors from this school. They are here for 2 weeks and will experience Australian culture, animals, sports and cooking as well as English as a Second Language lessons.
Already in their first few days, the group, along with some of our long stay international students, have visited Yankalilla Area School to go to classrooms and share their culture and home country history.
The students then had the opportunity to hold Ms Braithwaite’s Joeys and they learnt all about how to raise them and the continued care required even when they are fully grown as re-release is not an option in South Australia.
Students toured the Yankalilla Area School farm including the edible kitchen garden and saw the yabbies. This was all topped off with a classic Aussie BBQ and desserts from the local bakery.
On Wednesday a group of our younger High School students graduated from the Raise Foundation Mentoring Program.
The Raise Program helps our young people better cope with life’s challenges through one-to-one mentoring and the skills that they develop can be useful throughout the rest of high school and beyond.
For the last two terms Hallett Cove School students have been working with their mentor once a week to build trusted relationships and work on a range of topics that re important to them.
At the graduation ceremony, the mentor and mentees shared wonderful words about their time together and each aid they had learnt invaluable lessons from each other. It was wonderful to see our students engaging with the program and lovely to see that all of the mentors thoroughly enjoyed their time with their HCS student.
This week some of our Year 10/11 students ventured over to the Yorke Peninsula for 3 days of camping and aquatics for their Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies.
Students got a chance to try their hands at kayaking, knee-boarding, surfing, sailing and hiking! Phew!
Despite the massive surf on Day 2, early morning starts and relentless windy conditions, Ms Fletcher and Mr Heywood were extremely impressed with the resilience, teamwork, leadership and camaraderie exhibited throughout the week.
Our Junior School has been busy this week helping out the Myer centre prepare for Christmas.
This year the Myer Centre has teamed up with local schools and The Men’s Shed Parafield to produce this year’s Christmas Tree Trail.
Two wooden Christmas trees were delivered to HCS and for the last week our Junior School classes have been taking it in turns to decorate them with Christmas doodles.
The trees will go on display in the Myer Centre from Saturday 4 November for shoppers to take an enchanting journey through the forest of magnificent colourful Christmas trees.
If you happen to be out shopping during the Christmas season, make sure you check out the wonderful work of our students. You can even vote for your favourite tree and go into the draw to win a toy pack valued at over $200. The school with the most votes will also win a game and book pack valued at over $300!
We’ve all heard about Movember, it’s a great time for all of us to get around men’s health and try to promote some healthy conversations.
Some cold hard truths about why we focus on men’s health specifically through Movember;
- On average men die about four and a half years earlier than women, for largely preventable reasons.
- Approximately 10.8M men globally are facing life with a prostate cancer diagnosis.
- Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in men aged 15-39.
- Across the world, one man dies by suicide every minute of every day, with men accounting for 69% of all suicides.
There is good news though, we can all do something about this, and you don’t even have to cultivate a ‘stache to help! Mo Bro’s, Mo Sister’s and Mo Everyone can get around this great cause, check out https://au.movember.com/ and click on the ‘support us’ section for ideas. You can ‘move for mental health’, host a ‘mo-ment’ or ‘mo your own way’.
Last year the ‘Hallett Cover Mo’s’ raised and amazing $5840. This was a collective effort from both staff, students and families, and the comradery is something that the students love to experience.
If you are too attached to your facial fuzz to shave and start again, or if you’re mo-growingly challenged, you can simply donate to the team via the QR code. Any donations for this worthy cause are welcome!
With the end of the year in sight, our elves are busy putting together this year’s Cove Spectacular. Make sure you put it in your diary because it’s going to be even bigger than last year!